Definition of continuity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒntɪˈnjuːəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntəˈnuːəti//
    (pl. continuities) Making films
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  1. 1[uncountable] the fact of not stopping or not changing to ensure/provide/maintain continuity of fuel supplies opposite discontinuity
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] a logical connection between the parts of something, or between two things The novel fails to achieve narrative continuity. There are obvious continuities between diet and health. opposite discontinuity
  3. 3[uncountable] (specialist) the organization of a film/movie or television programme, especially making sure that people’s clothes, objects, etc. are the same from one scene to the next See related entries: Making films
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French continuite, from Latin continuitas, from continuare ‘continue’, from continuus ‘uninterrupted’, from continere ‘hang together’ (from con- ‘together with’ + tenere ‘hold’).Extra examples After twelve or thirteen centuries of unbroken continuity the landscape was being changed out of all recognition. More liaison between the old manager and the new one should ensure greater continuity. She is anxious to stress the continuity with the past in this new work. The author deliberately breaks the narrative continuity in order to confound the reader’s expectations. There is often a lack of continuity between one government and the next. To ensure continuity of care, it is better for a single doctor to treat the patient. We aim to give children a sense of continuity. giving children a sense of continuity historical continuity in the feminist movement the need for continuity of employment
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